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Acrylic Painting with Mediums

6-week class.

In this class, students will learn how to create artworks with acrylic paint and utilizing various mediums. Students will learn how to build up texture, work colors together, and use alternative mediums. We will reference European and American Art Before 1900 to explore color and layering of materials.

During class time, the instructor will provide demonstrations, lectures, and work time for students. Students will experiment with new processes with the instructor present to offer assistance. Primarily finished artworks will be produced, with some experimental unfinished pieces. Students do not need any prior technical knowledge.

Timeline:

Class 1  Introduction to various methods of painting with acrylic mediums, starting a painting, building up a surface

Class 2  Heavy body painting, building up a surface, impasto

Class 3  Embedding objects into paints, building texture on each piece

Class 4  Painting acrylic skins

Class 5  Creative Project with Mediums/experimentation

Class 6  Creative project with mediums/experimentation

Materials: Students will purchase their own materials for this class.

Educator: Samara Johnson, https://samaratjohnson.com/home.html

 

Activate Your Inner Architect (ages 9-11)

This camp is currently sold out. To be added to waitlist, please call (720) 913-0130 between 10 AM - 5 PM.

 

June 6-10, 9:00am – 3:30pm

Be an architect in training and explore how superstar architects Daniel Libeskind and Gio Ponti design buildings for art using angles and patterns. Visit great downtown art museums and get inspired to design your own museum.

Aftercare Option

Campers in aftercare may be picked up between 3:30-4:30pm. $50/week. You can also register for a daily aftercare option at drop off.

Age of Armor Member Tour

 

This tour examines the historical context of plate armor and its pragmatic functions, as well as ideological sentiments about armor throughout time. Pieces are drawn from the renowned collection at the Worcester Art Museum, supplemented by works from the DAM.

Anderman Photography Lecture: Sandy Skoglund

Learn more about artist Sandy Skoglund and her work, process, and inspiration in this conversation between her and Eric Paddock, curator of photography.

Since the 1970s—through the use of sculpture, installation, and conceptual photography—Sandy Skoglund has been known for her innovative work that combines elements of the everyday with fantasy. To create her surreal photographs, Skoglund constructs elaborate tableaux for the camera incorporating vibrant colors and a range of materials.

Skoglund’s celebrated installation Fox Games (on view from 2008 to 2015) was a visitor favorite here at the museum. Her photograph Revenge of the Goldfish will be included in Modern Women/Modern Vision: Works from the Bank of America Collection (opens May 1, 2022).

Anderman Photography Lecture: Sandy Skoglund - ONLINE

Learn more about artist Sandy Skoglund and her work, process, and inspiration in this conversation between her and Eric Paddock, curator of photography.

Since the 1970s—through the use of sculpture, installation, and conceptual photography—Sandy Skoglund has been known for her innovative work that combines elements of the everyday with fantasy. To create her surreal photographs, Skoglund constructs elaborate tableaux for the camera incorporating vibrant colors and a range of materials.

Skoglund’s celebrated installation Fox Games (on view from 2008 to 2015) was a visitor favorite here at the museum. Her photograph Revenge of the Goldfish will be included in Modern Women/Modern Vision: Works from the Bank of America Collection (opens May 1, 2022).

 

Around the World in Art (ages 7-8)

Waitlists are available for sold out camps. Please call (720) 913-0130 to be added or for more information.

June 6-10, 9:00am-3:30pm

This week, we’ll travel around the world without even leaving the museum. We’ll discover all different kinds of places through artworks and let them inspire us back in the workshop!

Around the World in Art (ages 7-8)

Waitlists are available for sold out camps. Please call (720) 913-0130 to be added or for more information.

June 20-24, 9:00am-3:30pm

This week, we’ll travel around the world without even leaving the museum. We’ll discover all different kinds of places through artworks and let them inspire us back in the workshop!

Art-Inspired Writing (ages 7-8)

Waitlists are available for sold out camps. Please call (720) 913-0130 to be added or for more information.

August 8-12, 9 AM - 3:30 PM

Could a sculpture inspire a poem? Could a painting inspire a play? Exercise your creative muscles this week as we use artwork as inspiration for our own creative writing projects.

Art-Inspired Writing (ages 9-11)

Waitlists are available for sold out camps. Please call (720) 913-0130 to be added or for more information.

August 1-5, 9 AM - 3:30 PM

Could a sculpture inspire a poem? Could a painting inspire a play? Exercise your creative muscles this week as we use artwork as inspiration for our own creative writing projects.

 

Behind the Camera: Women in Photography ONLINE

It's a summer of photography! Join us in a three-session course inspired by Modern Women/Modern Vision and Georgia O Keeffe, Photographer. With local art historians and photographers as guides, learn how women have contributed to the development and evolution of photography. Journey to the 1800s to discover women s early involvement in the medium, take a peek into the DAM s own collections, and meet photographers who continue to shape the field today.

 

Individual online sessions:

Tuesday, May 17: Early Women Photographers

Tuesday, June 21: Making Pictures: Women Photographers from the DAM Collection

Tuesday, July 19: Women Photographers Here and Now

Behind the Camera: Women in Photography ONSITE

It's a summer of photography! Join us in a three-session course inspired by Modern Women/Modern Vision and Georgia O Keeffe, Photographer. With local art historians and photographers as guides, learn how women have contributed to the development and evolution of photography. Journey to the 1800s to discover women s early involvement in the medium, take a peek into the DAM s own collections, and meet photographers who continue to shape the field today.

 

Individual onsite sessions:

Tuesday, May 17: Early Women Photographers

Tuesday, June 21: Making Pictures: Women Photographers from the DAM Collection

Tuesday, July 19: Women Photographers Here and Now

 

Berlin to Denver: Marsden Hartley and Arnold Rönnebeck

Join acclaimed LGBTQ author, filmmaker, playwright, and curator Gregory Hinton for a lecture and performance, which examines the long, close friendship between the great American modernist painter, poet, and essayist Marsden Hartley (1877–1943) and Arnold Rönnebeck (1885–1947), ex-pat German sculptor, lecturer, and Founding Director of the Denver Art Museum (1926–1929).

American Modernist painter, poet, and essayist Marsden Hartley (1877-1943) visited Germany multiple times, in 1913, 1914, 1927, 1933, presaging the buildup of both the military buildup in WW1 and WW2.

Key to the socially awkward, Hartley’s comfort and social ease was the friendship of amiable German sculptor Arnold Rönnebeck, who Hartley first met in Paris at Restaurant Thomas, an artist hangout. It was in Paris that Hartley also met Rönnebeck’s cousin, a handsome German officer named Karl von Freyburg, the eventual inspiration of Hartley’s most beloved series of paintings.

Hartley and Rönnebeck became Saturday evening regulars at the salon of Gertrude Stein. Hartley froze when asked what kind of pictures he painted; prompting Stein to visit his studio to see for herself. She suggested he hang a few among her Matisses and Picassos so he might see for himself how they held their own.

On his first trip to Berlin, hosted by Rönnebeck’s family, Hartley wrote: “Berlin was tense with vitality and a most human quality...A week in Berlin made me feel that one had come home...”

This presentation intends to underscore that along with Alfred Stieglitz, Gertrude Stein and Mabel Dodge Luhan, Arnold Rönnebeck was a significant change agent in Hartley’s life. The whereabouts of Rönnebeck’s bust, “Marsden Hartley, 1923” are unknown. Without Rönnebeck, Portrait of a German Officer would not exist.

The Denver Art Museum’s intimate collection of Hartley paintings and drawings offers a wonderful opportunity to share a little-known Denver LGBTQ hidden history about a friendship between a deeply shy gay artist and a generous ally.

A Colorado son, Gregory Hinton is the creator of Out West, a national museum program series offering lectures, plays, and gallery exhibitions dedicated to shining a light on the history and culture of the LGBTQ community in the American West since 2009.

Bio Art

This 4-week class combines art history and experimentation to explore the emerging movement of Bio Art. Rooted in environmental concerns and science, Bio Art can range from working with natural materials to manipulating DNA. Students will be introduced to "Agar Art" which involves cultivating bacteria, to working with seeds and grasses, and will be encouraged to explore mediums through a conceptual and research-based lens. Participants will learn new ways to look at art, represented in the DAM's collection by artists like Ernesto Neto and Karen Kitchel.

No prior technical knowledge or specific experience is required, though a sense of curiosity and willingness to experiment will be richly rewarded. Students will experiment with a new material each week, that may culminate in a finished artwork if they wish. The DAM's Sensory garden will be a focal point of the class, and each class will feature both a lecture along with hands-on experimentation and art-making time.

 

Timeline:

Class 1: What is BioArt, anyway? Collage-making.

Class 2: Lecture on mycology and mushrooms and their use by artists. Making spore-prints outdoors.

Class 3: Lecture on "Nature Shopping" and a tour of the DAM Sensory Garden. Then, making art with found materials along with a variety of seeds.

Class 4: Lecture on Bacteria Art and playing with microscopes. Students will culture their own agar plates to take home and watch their art grow.

 

Materials: Some materials will be provided by the educator and are reflected in the $18 materials fee associated with this class. Students will purchase the remainder of materials on their own.

Educator: Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, https://www.laurilynnxemurphy.com

Bundle Dyeing

One-day workshop.

Students will learn bundle dyeing techniques with fun and unique natural materials from the kitchen. Bundle dyeing is perfect for somebody who enjoys creating spontaneous, abstract artworks. Students will learn the basic process of natural dyeing first. We will mordant silk with alum and then we dye fabrics together. We will have iron bath to darken colors as well.

No previous experience of natural dyeing is necessary at all. This class is more like an experiment for students to learn which kind of colors would stick on to fabrics from natural materials. The educator, Maki Teshima, will demonstrate natural materials from Japan and from all over the world.

Materials: Most materials will be provided by the educator and are reflected in the $26 materials fee associated with this class. Soy bonded cotton fabric will be provided. Students will purchase the remaining materials on their own.

Educator: Maki Teshima, https://www.tomorrowisalwaysnew.com

Additional Notes: A Materials Fee of $26 is included in the pricing of this class for provided materials.

Calling All Filmmakers (ages 7-8)

Waitlists are available for sold out camps. Please call (720) 913-0130 to be added or for more information.

July 25-29 9 AM - 3:30 PM

In this stop motion animation class, we will be bringing art to life through animation! Learn to construct basic stop motion animations and Claymation by drawing inspiration from the museum. We will host a cinema premire and invite friends and family. Please bring a digital camera, Blank SD card and a thumbdrive to take your films home.

 

Calling All Filmmakers (ages 9-11) Aug 8-12

Waitlists are available for sold out camps. Please call (720) 913-0130 to be added or for more information.

August 8-12, 9 AM - 3:30 PM


In this stop motion animation class, we will be bringing art to life through animation! Learn to construct basic stop motion animations and Claymation by drawing inspiration from the museum. We will host a cinema premire and invite friends and family. Please bring a digital camera, Blank SD card and a thumbdrive to take your films home.

Color Pop! (ages 5-6)

Waitlists are available for sold out camps. Please call (720) 913-0130 to be added or for more information.

July 18-22, 9 AM - 3:30 PM

What's your favorite color? Learn how you can mix, match, and blend all the colors to create crazy colorful art! Explore works of art in the galleries to see how artists get creative with colors. Find your true colors as we splatter, paint, and roll with a rainbow of colors.

 

 

Color Pop! (ages 7-8)

Waitlists are available for sold out camps. Please call (720) 913-0130 to be added or for more information.

June 27-July 1, 9:00am-3:30pm

What’s your favorite color? Learn how you can mix, match, and blend all the colors to create crazy colorful art! Explore works of art in the galleries to see how artists get creative with colors. Find your true colors as we splatter, paint, and roll with a rainbow of colors.

 

Curator Conversation: Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art at the Fox Collection

Join us for a lively conversation between Raphael Fonseca, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Latin American Art at the DAM, and Erin Kirkland, Curator and Collection Manager of the John and Sandy Fox Collection.

 

Throughout this conversation, you’ll be able to:

  • Learn more about the aims of the Fox Collection (on view on level 4 of the Martin Building), including the acquisition and production of knowledge around Latin American art, particularly modern and contemporary Latin American art.
  • Experience a more in-depth look and analysis at some of the works in the collection.
  • Explore the narratives related to the art history of the region.
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